Last Updated: July 6, 2018 Nidhi Singh
His son Hadrien collected millions of ‘AWWs’ on social media, while Justin Trudeau seemed to have gathered the right information as to how to make his eight-day India tour memorable. The Trudeaus are believed to be having a great time visiting some of the top tourist attractions in India, and their family trip itinerary looks something every tourist should follow in order to get the best of the country in the limited time. There are historical attractions, religious places, and there are cultural destinations that the Trudeaus have in their must-visit list in India, and it is seriously giving us some real travel goals. So, whether you are an international traveller visiting India for the first time or a domestic traveller looking for someplace nice to visit, you can certainly follow the footsteps of Trudeau Family and give yourself one of the best Indian holiday experiences.
1. Taj Mahal, Agra
As predicted, Taj Mahal in Agra is the first attraction in India on Trudeau’s must-visit list. And just like the others who have paid a visit to this iconic monument, the family is said to have thoroughly enjoyed spending time witnessing what is said to be one of the Seven Wonders in the World. Ever since its inception, Taj Mahal was capable of grabbing the attention worldwide; this 17th Century structure commissioned by the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan, stands tall as an epitome of love and an architectural marvel. Taj Mahal is the 42-acre masterpiece that is built on a platform on the bank of Yamuna River and its main attractions are the tombs of Shahjahan and his beloved consort, Mumtaz Mahal. However, only the false ones are accessible for the public viewing, yes, you read it right, there is a replica of tombs in the Taj Mahal. The actual ones are situated on the lower level where the entry is not permissible. Apart from the tombs, Taj Mahal boasts swell carvings, motifs, stucco and stone inlays. The decorative elements are grouped into calligraphy, abstract forms or vegetative motifs. Throughout the complex, one can witness the passages from the Qur’an. It is indeed true, in history there has not been anything like the Taj Mahal and there will never be. So, for all those who have been considering visiting Taj Mahal a cliché, it is time you change your perspective and give this masterpiece of art a chance to make you fall in love with it.
2. Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Mathura
Now, this one is a surprise entry in the list of the Trudeaus but quite a pleasant one. Our blogger, Abhishek Gurung also visited Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, only two quarters before the Canadian Prime Minister and family, and now been flaunting his visit stories in the office. You might want to read about his experience in a blog called A Shangri-La Called Wildlife SOS to inspire you more to pay a visit, in case the Canadian PM failed to urge you to plan one. Wildlife SOS is an NGO that focuses on the well-being of animals in distress. They rescue elephants that have been forced to live under unnatural and harsh conditions in Indian cities and Sloth Bears that were owned by the nomadic gypsy Kalander community that used the bears for street performance for their livelihood. It has a wonderful team of veterinarians, wildlife biologists and dedicated professionals who make sure that rescued elephants and sloth bears are kept in the friendly and healthy environment. Not only this, the NGO also focuses on offering Kalandar community with alternative occupation and raising funds for their survival as well. It is an inspiring place to be, and this is why we believe the Canadian Prime Minister decided to visit with family. This place is a short distance away from Delhi, so, in case you are in the Capital City and looking for something different to experience than the usual cafe culture and shopping spree than this is the place to visit.
3. Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Seems like Justin Trudeau wants for himself and his family an Indian holiday with all possible glimpse of its culture and heritage. Though we regret he isn’t staying long to explore the other culturally opulent parts of the country, we do feel including the Sabarmati Ashram in his places to visit in India list was one of the best choices he made. This suburban Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi lived for 12 years with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi, is also said to be the place from Gandhiji led the famous Dandi march also known as the Salt Satyagraha. A national monument now, this Ashram still has a fragrance of humble living and prudent thinking lingering in it. The Ashram Site is wide and sprawling and has a number of cottages to see that once belonged to famous freedom movement heroes and spiritual leaders like Vinoba Bhave. There is also a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi that has a video gallery, audio gallery, and photo gallery. There are also Gandhi in Ahmedabad Gallery, My Life is My Message Gallery, Painting Gallery, and Archive & Library. We’re glad, this place could compel the Canadian Prime Minister and the likes of him for several decades. You should also plan a visit to Sabarmati Ashram, and see what this humble place has in store for you.
4. Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar
Reckoned to be one of the most stunning religious places in India, Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar is known for reasons beyond its beauty. The already popular temple had its name on every Indian tongue after the unfortunate terrorist attack in 2002. A symbol of peace and knowledge, Akshardham Temple was built over a period of 13 long years as a tribute to Swaminarayan and his life and teachings. It is a 23-acre complex that boasts excellent craftsmanship in 6000 metric-ton of pink sandstone brought from Rajasthan. The complex comprises of five exhibition halls, each different from the other in terms of both decor and functions. There is also a research institute, Akshardham Centre for Applied Research in Social Harmony and the provision of light and sound show which is known as Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show. A 15-acre garden, Sahajanand Van decorates the premises of the temple with rock arrangements, fountains, a waterfall, and an 18,000 sq. ft. plant nursery. It is indeed a place to understand better a different aspect of Hindu religion and to of course relish the brilliance of architecture in India.
5. Golden Temple, Amritsar
The sacred Golden Temple has recently been awarded as the most-visited place in the world by World Book of Records (WBR), and there is no reason is why it should not be. Daily visited by hundreds of people, this most important Sikh religious site in India is also the part of Justin Trudeau’s eight-day visit. Needless to give an introduction because a look of it over the internet can compel you to pay a visit. Not only this place has survived the tough times but has also set examples of community service, religious tolerance and peace and harmony. The temple is open to people of all religions who can also savour free meals/langars here any time of the day. Though this is not the only thing that will melt your heart, the stunning architecture is, in fact, the first thing you notice about this site. The entire temple complex is built around a square pool with the main temple situated in the centre of the pool. It is such visual delight to be able to see this place in the wee hours in the morning and post-dusk hours.
6. Jama Masjid, Delhi
So, Justin Trudeau’s final destination to visit in India is predicted to be the famous Jama Masjid in Delhi. Built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, this religious architecture piece is something that can make you feel really small. The mosque can accommodate a whopping number of 25000 people at a time making it one of the largest mosques in India. Once, you’re able to cut your way through crowded Old Delhi markets, you will be greeted with a large complex that can leave you stunned for a while. The mosque is built on a red sandstone porch, which is about 9.1 m from ground level and spreads over 1200 sq m. The minarets here consists of five storeys, each with a protruding balcony from where one can have a panoramic view of Old Delhi.The courtyard is said to be sprawling across 408 sq ft. Jama Masjid is truly a spectacle of Mughal era architecture and is definitely a sight not to miss when in India.
So, the Trudeaus are giving themselves some good time holidaying in India. It is now time for you to plan a trip and relish a vacation you have been craving. If you found this blog useful in urging you to fix your plans for India, then please don’t keep us from getting a like and a share. In case you need assistance with planning a holiday, you can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and +91-9212553106. Tour My India is known to offer you the best travel packages in India and a holiday that is as per your taste and style. Choose us to choose the best vacation experience in the country.
Published: 21 Feb, 2018